Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece
Mobile fitness trackers have made a huge splash in the past year with a large number of new devices released. While their initial benefit relates to the ability to track daily activities and daily caloric expenditures, the devices also offer added benefits.
One such matter is the ability to wear these devices during sleep, offering insight into a user’s sleep rhythm and a way to determine the quality of sleep had. While the mechanism is based solely on the idea that if a user is tossing, turning, and moving through the night, they must not be sleeping well, and not as in-depth of a sleep study, it does support a basic sleep assessment. With that being said, there may be an applicable way of using this beyond the outpatient setting.
Currently, my fiancee is sick with an upper respiratory infection. Her symptoms include cough, fever, malaise, and body aches. While normally active, she has seen a decrease in activity and complains of overall poor sleep. However, you don’t have to take her word for it. Since mid-December she has been using a Misfit Shine, which she wears on her wrist or around her neck and has been tracking her daily activities via the device.
Thus, I present some of her data, demonstrating some interesting measurements on her activity and her sleep pattern. I present first a sample, from last week, of a day where she was fairly active with time spent at the gym and a Zumba class. Note the activity tracker and the sleep component. (read more)